Small Charity - Big Impact
Although the charity is small and staffed by volunteers in their spare time, Fanconi Hope has been able to make significant progress in a number of areas:-
Bringing Clinicians Together to Share Best Practice
- The Fanconi Anaemia Clinical Network has been established, within the context of our National Health Service and includes around 30 clinicians across the UK and Ireland.
- A UK Standards of Care document has been published for the first time by the Clinical Network, and has now been widely circulated throughout the UK Clinician community.
- 2 Clinicians conferences and a combined Family and Clinician conference have now been held.
- FA patients, their families and relatives have helped fundraise for Fanconi Hope to allow us to donate over £160,000 to UK Fanconi Anaemia research projects.
- Fanconi Hope, in conjunction with the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, initiated and co-sponsored an International FA Gene Therapy Working Group Meeting in London in Nov 2010 aimed at expediting the transition from gene therapy research for Fanconi Anaemia into clinical trials worldwide. This was described by the host, Prof Adrian Thrasher of UCL as “a real platform for the accelerated development of collaborative clinical studies.” and a report from the meeting has subsequently been published in Nature. The Working Group Meetings, chaired by Prof Jakub Tolar, have continued on an annual basis.
- In 2015 Fanconi Hope commenced funding of a 3 year (initially) Study into the Long Term Effects of Fanconi Anaemia led by Manchester University and funded by Fanconi Hope. This study funds a UK FA Coordinator, Beth Lee, who will create and maintain a patient-led UK National Patient Registry in order to improve patient care and facilitate research. The Coordinator acts as a point of contact for patients & families, and clinicians & researchers.
Bringing Families Together
- This website, our Facebook page and Private Facebook Group have been established to act as a focus for all activities and to provide the means for sharing information.
- Family Meetings have been held in the grounds of Chatsworth House and at Snibston Discovery Centre.
- Family Conferences have been held in Oct 2017 and Sep 209 to enable families to make contact with each other and to learn more about Fanconi Anaemia from health professionals.
- Members of Fanconi Hope worked closely with ITV Researchers to develop the Emmerdale storyline concerning the diagnosis of one of the characters, Sarah Sugden, with Fanconi Anaemia, bringing the condition to the attention of over 6m viewers weekly.
- Fanconi Hope has exhibited at and provided a level of sponsorship for, the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy in efforts to persuade researchers to use FA as the candidate disease for their gene therapy research.
- Fanconi Hope has raised awareness in other sections of the medical community, through bodies such as the British Society for Haematology and the British Society for Surgery of the Hand.